Teachers

Meet our Yoga Village teachers! Find out more about their backgrounds and interests to discover who’s class you’d like to take.

PWYC

All our teachers offer pay-what-you-choose classes. Your teacher gets paid 50% from what’s in the bowl.

Teaching what they know

We support our teachers to teach what they know. Each class is unique to their education, experience and interests.

Dedicated

Many of our teachers have been with us since the beginning. We love watching their classes grow with us!

Susan Anthony

Susan is a yoga educator as well as an early childhood educator and sometimes varying combinations of the two. Her yoga journey began with a love of dancing which led to studying the Nia Technique with Martha Randall.  Martha imparted a playful and joyful quality to movement that helped Susan understand the healing qualities of the mind-body-spirit connection.  She was inspired to hop on a learning path that continues to this day.  She completed 300 hours of Interdisciplinary Yoga training at the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica while mothering two children.  Susan has been guiding yoga classes at the Village Healing Centre for ten years, has four years of volunteer experience with students and teachers at Fern Ave Public School and six years leading “Yoga For Kids” at the Centre For Wellbeing. Even though she has over a thousand hours of teaching experience Susan still considers herself a perpetual beginner. She frequently goes back to the basics to gain a deeper understanding yet continues to evolve through her current yoga practice. In addition to guiding Flow classes and 1 Hatha class at Yoga Village she works at My School Co-operative Nursery School.  Susan is passionate about helping people, young and older to tap into their inner wisdom and find a sense of peace in this busy world.

Mondays
10:00 am -11:00 am ~ Flow Restore
Wednesdays
8:00 pm – 9:15 pm ~ Bliss Yoga
Thursdays
1:30 pm – 2:45 pm ~ Bliss Yoga

Kathrin Brunner

(She/Her/Hers)

A nutritionist and a yogi, Kathrin uses the healing potential of food and movement to help clients achieve their health goals. 

When she’s not in her kitchen or on her yoga mat, you’ll find her foraging in the woods, knee deep in adventure!  Kathrin completed 500 hours of teacher trainings with Sivananda Vedanta Yoga and Octopus Garden Holistic Yoga and continues to study and deepen her knowledge.

Mondays
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ~ Flow 2
Tuesdays

6:15 pm – 7:30 pm ~ Flow 2
Fridays
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ~ Flow 2

Liz Coucean

 

For over a decade Liz has turned to yoga and meditation as methods of self-care, to calm and strengthen herself while juggling single motherhood and a hectic career in media. After nearly 8 years of consistent practice, she decided to pursue teacher training so that she could share the benefits of yoga with others. She completed her 300 hour Yoga Teacher certification at Yoga Therapy Toronto under the Sri T. Krishnamacharya lineage, and mindfulness training with Dr. Shailla Vaidya.

Liz is deeply passionate about promoting more diversity and inclusion in wellness spaces and she continues to work on developing the accessibility and knowledge of yoga and meditation in underrepresented communities through various initiatives. She is currently immersed in a 1000+ hour Yoga Therapist Training program pursuing her qualifications to become an IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist. She looks forward to sharing what has brought peace and joy into her life and guiding your practice.

Mondays
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm ~ Gentle Flow*

*starts April 1st

Lauren Dee

 

Lauren is a “truth seeker”, Reiki Energy Therapist (level 1, 2 & 3) and a dedicated yoga teacher that endeavours to live the art of life. Her interest in learning how to live in a mindful, heart-centred way began at the Sivasoorya Divine School of Yoga in Kerala, India where Lauren rigorously studied under the Tantric Yogi Guru Raviji completing a 200 hour Yoga Alliance hatha teacher training. It was there Lauren uncovered the secret power of yoga and meditation. After India, her yogic journey led her to mystical places such as Egypt and Thailand where she developed a rich understanding of mankind’s spiritual history. Naturally, Lauren began to practice meditation and soon she became a regular Vipassana meditator going on 10 day long retreats in complete silence. After 3 years of teaching yoga Lauren returned to India for her second 200 hour Yoga Alliance teacher training, this time travelling to Mysore to learn the original Vinyasa method. Lauren knows that yoga is an infinite path of discovery and reminds her students to enjoy the journey. She is always excited to connect with new students, from all walks of life, to share in the sweetness of yoga.

Saturdays
9:30 am – 10:45 am ~ Flow
Sundays
9:30 am – 10:45 am ~ Flow

Lindsay Gamester

 (She/Her/Hers)

Lindsay is a Holistic Nutritionist and a Certified Yoga Instructor who has been teaching yoga since 2006. While completing over 300hrs of yoga teacher training, she discovered Ayurveda, yoga’s sister science, and mindfulness meditation. These ancient knowledge practices complement her work as both a nutritionist and yoga teacher. 

Lindsay studied yoga, embodiment and mindfulness techniques with Meaghan Johnson for over 8 years, which lead to a two year (200hr) Teacher Training program and additional 100+ hours of continuing education with Hart Lazer, a one month intensive with Michael Stone, and workshops in other areas of interest including Stress & Trauma, Ayurveda, Yoga Therapeutics and Meditation. 

Using hands on adjustments and props, Lindsay’s methodical yet lighthearted teaching style empowers her students to confidently practice yoga in a safe and effective way.

Mondays
8:00 pm – 9:15 pm ~ Hatha Restore
Wednesdays
6:15 pm – 7:30 pm ~ Hatha Restore
Saturdays
12:45 pm – 2:00 pm ~ Fundamentals*
*Pre-reg

Cee La Alma

 

Cee has been practicing yoga for over 10 years, learning first from books and then expanding his practice when he began learning martial arts.  After a life changing experience in the Peruvian Amazon with the traditional indigenous medicine Ayahuasca, he focused his energy on Yoga as a means to understand the spiritual truths he had witnessed. 

In 2009 he studied at the World Shamanic Institute, which brought yoga and shamanic studies together.  During all this time he has been a committed social activist, and his yoga practice is an extension of that.  He brings together functional movement, strength, breath and meditative practices together through yoga to create a holistic healing experience.

Mondays
​4:45 pm – 6:00 pm ~ Core Flow
Thursdays
10:00 am-11:00 am ~ Flow
Fridays
​5:30 pm – 6:45 pm ~ Core Flow
Sundays
12:45 pm – 2:00 pm ~ Gentle Flow

Margarita Moore

 

I started my yoga journey 9 years ago and since my first class I fell in love with it. After 5 years of practicing, I decided to take the next step and become a yoga teacher!

Before becoming a yoga instructor I worked in the financial industry for six years. It was a rewarding experience; however, my true passion lies in yoga. For me, yoga is not only a physical activity, it is a lifestyle—everything that you experience on your mat: passion, care, love and respect, can be taken off the mat into everyday life.

I am certified in Hatha & Vinyasa, completing my 200 hour Yoga Alliance certificate at Tula, a studio located in downtown Toronto. I have been teaching yoga for three years and I have learned from several great teachers along the way. One of them is Diane Bruni. She has not only taught me about yoga, but she has also showed me the importance of embracing life and becoming more aware and connected with oneself. Another great teacher is J-P Tamblyn Sabo. His charisma, knowledge and passion for yoga has taught me the importance of teaching from my heart and being ones true self.

My classes tend to be a challenging flow style with dynamic and creative transitions.

In January 2014, I completed my level 1 & 2 Reiki Certification. Reiki is a holistic hands-on healing method that helps people on the emotional, physical, mental and spiritual level.

Thursdays
6:15 pm – 7:30 pm ~ Flow 2

Kassandra Prus

(They/Them/She/Her/Kassandra/Kass)

Kassandra is a LGBTQ2SA+ therapeutic yoga and exercise teacher with over 450 hours of training and specializes in body positive and trauma-informed viniyoga (yoga therapy); chair, yin, hatha, and restorative yoga; and seniors exercise. These chair classes are informed by training at Yoga Therapy Toronto and other yoga-based trainings, as well as training in biomechanics, functional movement, pilates, and BoneFit (exercise for Osteoporosis).

Engaging with yoga’s broader contexts in classes and private sessions–breathwork, mindfulness, meditation, and takeaways into life off the mat–are of particular interest, as well as increasing functional mobility for life-long practice through posture focus. Kassandra particularly enjoys working with those who think they can’t do yoga–because of mobility level, body size, age, injury, or condition–and encourages autonomy, insight, resiliency and self-acceptance in all students.

Tuesdays

Noon – 1:00 pm – All Bodies Yoga

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm ~ Chair Yoga

Jacob Saphra

(He/Him/His)

Jacob is a graduate of Kranti Yoga School in Goa, India. A lifelong practitioner of many different movement disciplines, Jacob found Yoga in early 2013 and instantly became enchanted by the practice and philosophy.

Rooted in Ashtanga’s 8 limbs, Jacob believes in a diverse, creative and playful practice focused on his ever-expanding anatomical knowledge and his passion for movement.

​Jacob aims to offer students and fellow yogis a chance to assimilate a practice that offers them an opportunity to feel grounded, to play, to learn new skills, and to meditate.

 

Tuesdays
10:00 am – 11:00 am ~ Flow 1/2
Fridays

10:00 am – 11:00 am ~ Flow
Sundays
​11:15 am- 12:15 pm ~ Flow 2

Shaheen Sayed

Yoga happened to Shaheen at her first class in India when she realized her search for self knowing was accessible through this ancient practice. For the past decade she has dedicated herself to the spiritual yoga path as a means of self-transformation inspiring students to utilize these timeless techniques for personal growth. Her teaching approach is joyfully philosophical, combining play, anatomical understanding and reverence. She encourages her students to be in awe of themselves and experience yoga as a way of life.

She brings a depth of knowledge with 1000+ hours of yoga education in India and Canada studying with revered teacher Sri Prasad Rangnekar completing  RYT500 with the Yoga Prasad Institute and esteemed teachers from Octopus Garden Holistic Yoga.

 

Ali Stark (Qi Gong)

 

Ali discovered new eyes for a world of joy, awe and adventure when introduced to Qigong in 2001. She became deeply passionate about the beauty, love and self affirming power of learning to heal yourself and soon the wonders and lessons of Qi ran through every aspect of her life. She couldn’t help but share these wonders of tapping into universal energy with friends, family and her community and so began her path to teaching.  Ali became a certified Qigong instructor of Chow Qigong in 2005 and Radiant Lotus Women’s Qigong in 2012. Along with her passion to share self-health techniques through Qigong, movement, meditation and sounding Ali works as a nutrition and supplement consultant and thrives on helping others achieve their health goals, both through self-care and through informed use of healing supplements. 

 

Tuesdays
8:00 pm – 9:15 pm ~ Qi Gong

Tracy Thomson (Groove)

(She/Her/Hers)

Tracy is thrilled to be a Groove facilitator and loves to provide opportunities for everybody to find their groove while experiencing the power and joy of dance. Tracy has been studying various styles of dance for as long as she can remember and has facilitated dance and integrated arts experiences for all ages since the last millennium. This year she’s completing her masters in arts education, her 200RYT yoga training, and a nutrition and wellness certification. An artist, educator, and workshop presenter, Tracy has a passion for learning and sharing her love for authentic exploration and expression. She loves painting, playing music, eating delicious food, dancing, practicing yoga, and riding her scooter – but not all at the same time 🙂 

Saturdays
11:15 am – 12:15 pm ~ Groove Dance

Samantha Warren

(She/Her/Hers)

Samantha is a Holistic Wellness Professional specializing in The Art of Slowing Down. Living in a time of constant chaos and busyness, Samantha explores what it truly means to slow down, de-stress and find your joy in life again. Her philosophy is that living a busy life is OK so long as you take some time to step away from things and connect back to yourself. 

She uses various modalities including yoga, reiki, acupressure, mindfulness and meditation to help restore, rejuvenate and relax the mind, body and spirit. Her classes are centred around the breath, connecting back to Self, and finding the sweet spot of relaxing with a smile on your face =) 

Samantha has over 300 hours of yoga training in Gentle Hatha, Restorative and Yin teacher training, and loves guiding individuals in the journey of Yoga Nidra.

When Samantha is not teaching the Art of Slowing Down you can find her having a dance party in her kitchen, drinking delicious tea, or having a cuddle with her awesome cat. 

Thursdays
8:00 pm – 9:15 pm ~ Hatha Restore
Saturdays
2:30 pm – 3:45 pm ~ Restorative

Nicky Yates

(She/Her/Hers)

Nicky’s first experience with yoga was with a Rodney Yee DVD in her parents basement. As a competitive runner and a demanding sport athlete, she came to yoga in search of a slower physical practice to offset these more demanding physical activities of her day to day. Years later she sustained a TBI (traumatic brain injury) and came back to her mat for a deeper connection to her mind as she navigated through the rehabilitation of such an injury. 

Her initial 200hr training was in 2011 mainly focusing on the Hatha and Vinyasa forms of yoga. Further educating herself with a 40hr Restorative Yoga Training, an 8hr Trauma Sensitive Training and recently a 65hr Pre Natal Yoga Training, she strives to always be a student first and a teacher second.

You will find in her classes a slow pace where you can dive deeply into your own personal experience. With foundational patterns of breath along with gentle postures and more alignment based cueing, you are encouraged to explore Yoga and it’s meaning to you. ​

 

​Mondays
6:15 pm – 7:15 pm ~ Prenatal*
Wednesdays

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm ~ Parent & Baby*
*pre-reg

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Although our studio's offerings are from a secular perspective, we would like to acknowledge Yoga's cultural and spiritual roots which originate from Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and other ancient spiritual traditions from India.

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240 Roncesvalles Ave.

Toronto, Ontario

M6R 2L8

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